Saturday, March 19, 2016

Androgynous Mind

Freddie & Me, Arnold & Me, Lincoln & Me 11" x 8.5"each; mixed media on paper; 2015 

Perhaps a mind that is purely masculine cannot create, any more than a mind that is purely feminine.”  - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

My interest in self portrait painting has lead me to create a series of composite portraits of my face superimposed with an iconic man's face. I'm proud to report that the three portraits pictured here are currently on display at the Wiseman Gallery at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon as part of an exhibit exploring gender identity called, Transgendered Realities, curated by the gallery's director, Heather Green. (March 2 – April 8)

When making these portraits I am interested in the somewhat arbitrary physical attributes of gender such as facial hair, jawline strength and skin texture. These paintings let me flirt with the continuum of masculinity and femininity within myself.

The representations are developed through the painting process and not with a digital program. I sit in front of a mirror and paint my own portrait first. Next, I paint the man's portrait on top of my own. I work back and forth to combine the defining characteristics of our faces and build a new androgynous portrait of myself.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Greenville Art Museum 2016 Biennial

"Cave Painting" 30" x 40" acrylic and mixed media on canvas 2015

"Cave Painting" detail

I'm very pleased to have this painting join a legion of fine artworks for the 2016 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Greenville Art Museum in Greenville, NC. The show runs February 5 - April 24.
Opening reception is February 5th 5:00pm-8:00pm
Juror is Theresa Hammond, founding director and curator of Guilford College Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Still Life Class

Painted on Tuesday Nov. 10, 2015
I love teaching my still life painting class! The still life presents so many opportunities to learn about ways of seeing. The more you look at something, the more you see. Also, a white object isn't really white.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cover painting

One of my students decided to reproduce/interpret a painting she spotted on my website.
I love what she came up with.

Student's painting: acrylic on canvas 24" x 24"

My painting: Pool Party acrylic and oil on canvas 25" x 30"

Monday, October 5, 2015

Collaboration with students

Details from one of my favorite student collaboration drawings. I love all the thoughtful mark-making and the careful-but-not-precise arrangement of elements.